RE-claiming my PEACE!

Keeping my eyes on God 

I felt as though God was urging me to move forward in a few areas of my life. So, I did. I stepped out on faith. All I had to do was keep my eyes on God and I’d persevere through whatever came. Right?

All of a sudden, things began to take a turn.

Overwhelmed with confusion and doubt, I began to feel my life was falling apart, one thing after the other. I could not seem to regain control of anything. From spiritual to financial, things were plummeting … FAST. I’d come up with so many ideas of why things were spiraling out of control. I’d ask God, “Is there something I am doing wrong?” On my knees, I’d cry out asking for just a little relief. “Lord show me I’m on the right track!” I so badly wanted confirmation that this is only a test and not merely the consequences to a sum of bad decisions. Of course, I expected some opposition. I spoke a little about the topic in You Don’t Know my Struggle. So where was this fear coming from? Why had I began to doubt a decision I had once had complete confidence in?

I had underestimated how challenging this process would be and lost sight of the enemy’s (satan) agenda. Somewhere along the way, I had surrendered my Peace. Difficulties of the present moment overshadowed the reality of God’s promises and I began to doubt that God would fulfill His promises. I began to think, maybe I heard Him wrong. I’d stopped looking at God after I took my initial step forward and started to focus on my circumstances. Yea, I’d say these last few months have been intense.

When taking a leap of faith, God will open the door to a higher level of pruning. Much like a video game, each level grows increasingly difficulty as you advance. The beauty is that each level, while difficult, prepares you to overcome the next. I needed to be reminded that God offers “perfect Peace to all whose mind is stayed on thee.”, according to Isaiah 26:3, in the middle of troubled times. It was imperative that my eyes were on God throughout the process. I began to refer to the “cloud of witnesses” mentioned in Hebrews 12:1-3. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, {2) fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. {3) Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

There are several instances in the Word when God called someone to do or suffer through the unimaginable. This would require trusting God in the midst of anguish, opposition or chaos, great and small. Jesus himself faced tribulation throughout his life amid fulfilling God’s will. However, he trusted in the will of God for what he was about to go through and thank God he did! “…Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42

  • Peter was called out of the boat to walk on the water toward Jesus. As long as he kept is eyes on Jesus, he thrived. But as soon as he began to look at the circumstances around him, he started to sink. Matt 14:29 29 ” … Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. (30) But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!
  • In Exodus, Moses was given the task of leading the Israelites out of Egypt. He struggled often during their journey with feelings of inadequacy, frustration amongst Israelites and a powerful army on their heels. He had to continue to press into God for direction at each obstacle they encountered in order for God’s promise to be fulfilled.
  • In Sam 17:33 Saul discouraged David from opposing Goliath in battle saying “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” Had David allowed Goliath’s size or those who doubted to discourage him, he would have lost the battle or avoided the fight all together. Further, missing an opportunity to experience God’s power working through him, rather than his own strength.
  • Daniel was thrown into the lions den by the king in Daniel 6 and told to have God rescue him. His faith so was strong that even in the face of vicious lions, he did not fear. He knew God was in control and would deliver him.

I often think of Joseph’s story as one of the great examples of perseverance. He faced a great amount of opposition in his life. Yet, in the midst of adversity, God gave him favor. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he received favor. Genesis 39:4 “Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned.” After being falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife and imprisoned, he received favor. Everything he had he had experienced lead him to the position God had promised him in the beginning. Genesis 41;39,40 “Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” Everything Satan meant for harm, God used for his good. Genesis 50:20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” See, most times satan will have you so distracted by your situation, you miss small victories God is providing you along the way, forfeiting your Peace of mind. These victories are evidence God is working things out in your favor. Satan knows that if he can distract you from seeing the good happening around you, you will begin to doubt God.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrew 11:1) When we trust what we see instead of God’s Word we are in danger of turning back, like the Children of Israel. Do not allow your current circumstances to blind you. Keep your eyes on JESUS remembering there is a purpose and promise at the end. Romans 8:28 says “ALL things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose.” We have to trust that God is working things out in our favor, regardless of what it looks like. We have to reclaim the peace God has promised us in Philippians 4:6,7. While we are going through troubled times, we must “set our minds on the things above, not earthly things.” Colossians 3:2. Philippians 4:8,9 tells us where to direct our thoughts in order to obtain peace: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

God’s peace surpasses all understanding. How amazing is it to have accesses to that kind of peace? What a privilege it is to cast our cares on Him, and rest in the midst of the deadliest storms. God did not intent for you to carry that burden. RE-claim your PEACE.

I pray you are inspired. Be encouraged,

Ke

There are so many great scriptures in the Bible that provide peace. Here are a few:

2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.

1 Peter 1:6-7
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 43:2
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Romans 5:3-5
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Psalm 34:19
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

 

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  1. Shawna says:

    I loved it. I can relate to the being caught off guard because we forget what Satan’s agenda is. To kill, steal and destroy. My favorite scripture of those is Psalm 34:19 but one of my all time favorites is
    2 Corinthians 4:8-9 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
    Keep inspiring Ke, we need it! 🙂

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